Surviving the Sidelines: portable games for kids

Connect with your kids: The Waiting Game

How much time would you guess your average mom spends waiting on her kids? We wait: in line at carpool at the bus stop in the office at the pediatrician at the dentist’s office at sports practice at dance class at gymnastics during piano lessons I don’t know about you, but I’ve mastered the art [...]

7 Must-Haves for the Perfect Date When Spending One-on-One Time With Your Kids

Spending One-on-One Time With Your Kids: Great tips

This post on spending one-on-one time with your kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. If you have a family with multiple children, carving out some one-on-one time is a great way to truly connect with [...]

10 Easter Egg Activities for the Family

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This Easter egg activities post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. I’m so excited to be a part of the new Connecting With Your Kids series here on Melissa & Doug! As parents, I think we’re always looking for new activities to enjoy as a family, new ways to connect [...]

Connecting With Your Kids

Connecting With Your Kids: Tips & Tricks For Everyday Moments

Did you know there are a mere 15 weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day? Parents tend to put off family activities as we wait for the weather to improve, for the kids to be out of school, or for work to quiet down. How we spend our time with our children NOW sets the [...]

Valentine mail bags: super-cute, sweet and simple

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This creative way of bringing some personalized fun and creativity to Valentine’s Day is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.   I have been a Classroom Parent now for almost five years, and each year, I am not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day Mail Bags. Some years, [...]

6 Family-Friendly Super Bowl Appetizers

6 Family-Friendly Super Bowl Appetizers

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. The Superbowl is around the corner. This annual event has almost become a national holiday, bringing families together over the game and, of course, FOOD. Below [...]

Introducing exotic flavors to kids

Introducing kids to new flavors

Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, grilled cheese. Repeat. Does that sound familiar? I know that if I put my kids in charge of meal planning, that is pretty much what our weeks would look like. Every Single Week. Thankfully, they’re not the ones in charge but knowing full well their preferences it can be all [...]

Kid-Approved New Years Eve Appetizer: Classic Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies Recipe

Kid-Approved New Years Eve Appetizer: Classic Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. One of our family’s favorite holiday traditions is to serve a full array of family-friendly appetizers in place of dinner on New Year’s Eve. My kids [...]

Great ways to ring in the new year with kids!

10 great ways to countdown to the new year with your kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

Anyone else feeling a little shocked by how quickly this year seems to have disappeared?! At this point in the holiday game, my mind and schedule are so focused on getting ready for Christmas that New Year’s Eve sneaks up on me even more quickly. I end up feeling completely unprepared to celebrate the last [...]